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Liverpool v Bayern preview: all you need to know

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp renews his rivalry with Bayern – here's all you need to know.

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool take on Bayern at Anfield
Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool take on Bayern at Anfield ©Getty Images
  • Klopp: "I'd try and buy ticket if I wasn't involved"
  • Klopp's Dortmund lost to Bayern in 2013 final
  • Van Dijk suspended for hosts, Müller for visitors
  • Return takes place in Munich on 13 March

Reporter's view (Matthew Howarth, UEFA.com): With no FA Cup involvement at the weekend, Jürgen Klopp and his players have had ten days to prepare for this. The former Borussia Dortmund coach could be forced to field a makeshift centre-back pairing of Joël Matip and Fabinho against the record Bundesliga champions, who laboured to a 3-2 victory at lowly Augsburg on Friday. We could be set for a similarly high-scoring affair on what promises to be a pulsating evening under the Anfield lights.

Possible line-ups

Highlights: Liverpool's 2001 Super Cup win v Bayern

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Out: Van Dijk (suspended), Gomez (lower leg), Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee)
Doubtful: Firmino (illness), Lovren (hamstring), Shaqiri (abdominal)
Misses next game if booked: Robertson

Bayern: Neuer; Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba; Goretzka, Thiago; Gnabry, James, Coman; Lewandowski
Out: Robben (muscle), Müller (suspended), Boateng (illness), Tolisso (knee ligaments)
Misses next game if booked: Kimmich


Key battle

Lewandowski has scored seven in 12 meetings with Matip
Lewandowski has scored seven in 12 meetings with Matip©Getty Images

Matip v Lewandowski: In the absence of Van Dijk, the onus falls on Matip to deal with the threat of Lewandowski, the UEFA Champions League's eight-goal top scorer this season. If the Schalke youth product can snuff out the Poland forward, who has scored just once in his last four appearances, it will go a long way to securing Liverpool a first-leg advantage. If Bayern are to return from fortress Anfield with an away goal, then Lewandowski must hit top form.

Where to watch

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Form guide

Last game: Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth (09/02)

Watch highlights of Bayern's group stage efforts

Last game: Augsburg 2-3 Bayern (15/02)

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager

It's another one of those games I'm really happy to be involved in, and if I wasn't involved I would try and buy tickets! It's a tough one against a really strong, experienced team, but we are strong as well. Only more stress [facing Bayern] because all the people wanted 600 extra interviews with German news!

We have to create an atmosphere on the pitch and make it easier for the people. It will be outstanding, it's something to enjoy. There's a lot of power involved in the atmosphere. Our crowd is really able to push us from 100% to 140%.

Niko Kovač, Bayern coach

When the players walk into the stadium, they will know exactly what is at stake. These moments are why they became footballers. We drew the toughest possible opponents: 100% will not be enough tomorrow. If Liverpool come at us with 140, we need 150. I cannot imagine that this match will finish goalless.

Kingsley Coman is feeling better with every hour but Franck Ribéry has had no sleep. We will see what shape he is in when he arrives here.

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